University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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Melissa Sevigny



Alexis Knapp

Melissa L. Sevigny grew up in Tucson where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert. Her writing explores the intersections of science, policy, and history with a focus on the American Southwest. She has worked as a science communicator in the fields of water policy, sustainable agriculture, and planetary science, and a member of NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission team during its operations on Mars. She's the author of two nonfiction books, "Under Desert Skies" and "Mythical River," and won the 2015 Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers. She's currently the science reporter for KNAU (Arizona Public Radio) in Flagstaff.

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Scheduled events:
Orbital Perspectives
Panelists discuss their views on earth, space and the great beyond based on their different experiences in space.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 155)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ron Garan, Kevin Schindler, Melissa Sevigny
Moderator: Chris Impey
The Colorado River: Water in a Thirsty Land
Authors view the Colorado River and Glen Canyon through multiple lenses: as travel adventure, aesthetic experience, and critical natural resource.

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Peter Friederici, Peter Goin, Melissa Sevigny, Jim Turner
Moderator: Benjamin Wilder
Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick Authors
"Southwest Books of the Year," Pima County Public Library’s annual review of regional literature, recognizes the best books being written about, or set in, the Southwest. Five of 2016’s honorees discuss writing the Southwest in fact and fiction, and the importance of regional literature.

Integrated Learning Center Room 130 (Seats 143, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Paulette Jiles, Fernanda Santos, Melissa Sevigny, Scott Thybony, Amy Von Lintel
Moderator: Helene Woodhams

Books:
Mythical River: Chasing the Mirage of New Water in the American Southwest
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
University of Iowa Press
March 2016
ISBN 9781609383930
Paperback, 294 pages
$27.50, INSTORE
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"As population growth and climate upheaval strain the Southwest's water resources, Mythical River uncovers the folly of modern water policies and illuminates a way forward: recognizing the rights of ecosystems"--Provided by publisher.

Under Desert Skies: How Tucson Mapped the Way to the Moon and Planets
Science / Medicine / Technology
University of Arizona Pres
February 2016
ISBN 9781941451045
Paperback, 183 pages
$19.95, INSTORE
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"The book tells the story of how an upstart planetary laboratory in Tucson, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), would help create the field of planetary science, breaking free from traditional astronomical techniques to embrace a wide range of disciplines necessary to study planets"--Provided by publisher.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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